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USF Pediatrics hosts inaugural Dr. Bernard Pollara lecture, Dr. Rani Gereige first speaker

Long-time USF faculty and USF public health alum Rani Gereige, MD, MPH, was the inaugural speaker for the First Annual Bernard Pollara Resident Lecture, held March 19 at Tampa General Hospital.

Dr. Bernard Pollara with Dr. Rani Geriege

Dr. Bernard Pollara welcomes Dr. Rani Gereige as the first speaker for lectureship.

Dr. Gereige completed three years of pediatric residency at All Children’s Hospital and one year as chief resident, and earned his Master’s Degree in Public Health in Maternal and Child Health from the USF College of Public Health. He joined USF, holding the positions of Pediatric Clerkship Director, Pediatric Residency Program Associate Director, and General Academic Pediatric Fellowship Director.

In 2010, Dr. Gereige re-located to Miami, where he is director of Medical Education and Designated Institutional Official at Miami Children’s Hospital.  He is involved in numerous state and national committees and is extremely active with the American Academy of Pediatrics, and was recently appointed to the Pediatric Residency Review Committee of the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education.

The lectureship, which was established to provide education and training opportunities for pediatric and medicine-pediatric resident physicians in the USF Department of Pediatrics, is named after Dr. Bernard Pollara for his expertise in immunology, for his dozens of studies related to the safety and efficacy of childhood vaccines, and for his leadership of the USF pediatric clinical research initiatives. Dr. Pollara joined USF in 1994 as the John E. and Aliese Price Professor of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine and was chief of the Division of General Pediatrics from 1994 to 2005 and Interim Chair of the Department of Pediatrics from 1999 to 2001.

Dr. Pollara was also dedicated to student and resident training, and was awarded several HRSA grants related to pediatric primary care and residency training, and faculty development.

A fund to support the Bernard Pollara Lectureship will be used for a pediatric or med/peds resident to attend a national conference or training opportunity, or will be used to support the invitation of a nationally recognized visiting professor. Donations are payable to the USF Foundation, Inc.

Please include in the memo line: Bernard Pollara, MD, PhD, Resident Lectureship-Pediatrics. Mail checks to:

USF Health Development & Alumni Relations, 12901 Bruce B. Downs Blvd  MDC 70, Tampa, FL 33612-9986

Or donate online by clicking here.  Click on USF Health College of Medicine – Fund #: 250265

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Details and photo provided by Jane Carver, PhD, MS, MPH, professor in the Department of Pediatrics, Morsani College of Medicine.

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